Monday, July 16, 2007

D.C. to Appeal Handgun Case to Supreme Court

As we’ve followed in previous blogs, the landmark court case that struck down the D.C. handgun ban has been appealed yet again – this time to the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to an article from SFGate:

"'We believe we are right on the law and we hope the Supreme Court will agree with us,’ D.C. Attorney General Linda Singer said."

I hear that some people believe in pink unicorns as well, but the Framers’ intent on the Second Amendment is quite clear – and D.C. is on the wrong side of that intent. The article goes on to state:

"City officials say the ban is needed because of consistently high homicide rates. The law has remained in effect during the appeals process."

And once again city officials repeat the big lie – that the gun ban positively impacts the murder rate. Quite the opposite is the case – the murder rate in D.C. has gone up since the ban went into effect. Coincidence? I think not.

This could potentially be a landmark decision, as the article correctly notes:

"If the high court takes up the case, it would mark the first time in 70 years that justices will consider the breadth of the Second Amendment. In 2003, the court chose not to take a case that challenged California's ban on assault weapons."

My guess is that they will not take up this case either as the Court would have to rule that the Second Amendment is an individual right. That would put not only the D.C. gun ban out of business, but ones in California, Chicago, New York, New Jersey, and might also throw a wrench into the entire operation of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

I’ll be following this case very closely – the best outcome would be for the USSC to take the case and rule correctly based on Constitutional grounds, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

Until next time!

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